Small Groups

We seek to live out what happens in our worship on Sunday morning. This means that we are committed to building a strong and vibrant culture that flows out our experience of the life of God. God is not an impersonal force, but a community of persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who have loved each other for all eternity. Since we are made in the image of God, part of what it means to be human is to be created in and for community. Simply put, you cannot be truly human or truly yourself apart from loving relationships with other people. For this reason, we have organized our church into geographically focused groups of families and individuals.


What is a Small Group?


Each of our small groups seek to be a place where people can experience significant, substantial, encouraging friendships.  While each small group is different, having its own personality, we have 5 actions that make a Small Group:


1. We Read the Bible Together

Jesus said, "These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living.  They are foundational words, words to build a life on.  If you work these into your life, you are a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock." Matthew 7:24, The Message)


2. We Pray Together

We believe God acts differently when we pray then when we don't.  When we pray together, not only does God hear and answer us, he strengthens our relationships with each other.


3. We Share Together

Eating and drinking together knits our hearts together in the same way that Jesus and his disciples experienced.  As we share what's happening in our lives we are able to enter into the joy and hope that community offers.


4. We Serve One Another

The extravagant generosity of Jesus Christ toward us compels us to be generous in our service to one another.  Small Groups are the front lines of care for our church.  A phone call and prayer, a pot of sou, an afternoon cleaning someone's house, watching their kids, running errands -- these are practical ways that we live our our Christian faith and how we experience the Risen Lord.


5. We Reach Out to our Neighbors Together

If our Christian faith does not translate into loving and blessing our neighbors and city, then something is terribly wrong.  We encourage our small groups to think like missionaries.  Since each group is rooted in its place, this will look differently for each one.  But, this will typically involve, direct or personal evangelism, neighborhood parties, caring for those who are weak or vulnerable and forming strategic partnerships with community organizations that are working to improve our community and serve "the least of these"




Find the Group In your Area

Collicello Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00pm

At the home of Phil and Leanne Wickline

401 Collicello St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Leanne Wickline, leanne22801@gmail.com

540-435-4174


Dayton Group  Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Nick and Deanna Kozel

279 Comfort Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Deanna Kozel, deannakozel1000@gmail.com

540-810-2185


East Johnson Street Group Thursday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Levi and Amy Fuller

275 E Johnson St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: JoEtta Deaton, joetta.h.deaton@gmail.com

540-849-8453 or

Eric Kennedy, 540-246-7934 or Laurissa Kennedy, 540-246-8432


Lakewood Group  Wednesday 6:15–8:30 pm

At the home of Beth and Bernie McDaniel

3041 Arrowhead Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Contact: Beth McDaniel, bfmcdanielii@comcast.net

540-383-2480


Lake Terrace Group — Wednesday 6:30–8:30 pm

At the home of Sheldon and Lois Shank

2272 Lake Terrace Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Lois Shank, shank1150@comcast.net 540-820-6145


Maplehurst Avenue Group  Thursday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Ben and Stevie Velker

75 Maplehurst Ave., Harrisonburg 22801

Contact: Andrew White, drewpoint@gmail.com

540-217-5502


New Market Group — Wednesday 6:15–8:15 pm

At the home of Joel and Danielle Rhodes

6092 Smith Creek Rd., New Market, VA 22844

Contact: Lindsay Finnegan, lindsayquinnfinnegan@gmail.com 434-249-1835


Park Road Group  Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Josh and Sarah Defnall

1200 Park Road., Harrisonburg 22802

Contact: Josh Defnall, jkdefnall@gmail.com 540-214-6112


Preston Heights Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Kenlyn and Carolyn Miller

457 Preston Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Contact: Gabby Wenos, gabbyespar93@yahoo.com

301-830-2335


Smith Avenue Group — Thursday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Mike and Donna Trainum

969 Smith Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Contact: Daniel Zimmerman, dz9086@gmail.com

423-718-3164


Spring Oaks Group  Wednesday 6:15–8:30 pm

At the home of Jim and Brenda Kidd

630 Spring Oaks Dr., Harrisonburg 22801

Contact: Brenda Kidd, thekidds123@comcast.net

540-246-2381


Staunton Group — Thursday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Casey and Ann Musselman

409 Thornrose Ave., Staunton, VA 24401

Contact: Don Larson, talktolarson@yahoo.com 704-421-4417


Staunton East Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Caleb and Katie Kramer

304 Lewis Creek Rd., Verona, VA 24482

Contact: Katie Kramer, katierkramer@gmail.com

518-928-6346


West Water Group — Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm

At the home of Sam and Gina Fornecker

391 W Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Contact: Caryn Kozel, carynkozel@hotmail.com

540-810-2808

Why are Small Groups Geographically based?

We believe that the Triune God is sovereign over all areas of life, and this includes the particular neighborhood/area where we live. We believe that where we actually live is exceedingly important. In the book of Jeremiah God calls his people to fully engage in the places where they are situated in very specific tasks that will bless their neighbors and enrich their community. Likewise, our Lord Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. As Jesus said, this is the greatest commandment behind the love of God. When Jesus answered the important question “who is my neighbor” in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), he highlighted the characteristics of proximity and time. Because we live in an excessively busy culture, it is hard to overemphasize these characteristics in relation to practical love. Simply put: we cannot love those we don’t see and spend time with. We must see and spend time with those we live near. This reality, though, may challenge our idols of individualism, choice, and relationships based on affinity. Our neighbors may be different from us in many ways. Jesus anticipated this scenario in his parable about the Good Samaritan—it may be our racial/cultural "enemy" that we are called to love or, as in the parable, that "enemy" might humble and teach us by demonstrating self-giving love toward us. 

In light of this call toward our neighbors, we have divided our church into geographically based small groups. In the future, we hope to further localize our small groups in order to more effectively carry out our vision.